Written answers

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Control of Dogs

Photo of Alan DillonAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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356. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he is taking to improve dog control; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11883/23]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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As the Deputy may be aware the Department of Community and Rural Development are the lead department in relation to control of dogs.

Minister Humphreys and I held a meeting on Monday 9th January and instructed officials to convene a working group on the control of dogs’ issue. The terms of reference of the group have been agreed and are published on my Department’s website.

This group has now held six meetings and will continue to meet regularly in the coming weeks.

The working group examined issues related to dog control and made recommendations for actions to address this problem. The report of the group has been submitted to myself and Minister Humphreys and we are considering it carefully. I will be bringing a Memorandum to Government shortly on this issue.

The group will continue to meet to coordinate action on these issues across departments and agencies.


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